BACHELOR’s Rachael Kirkconnell sought advice from women of color on the show before writing an apology for past “racist” behavior, an insider told The Sun.
Rachael Kirkconnell wrote a length statement for her past actions
The Bachelor contestant consulted with women of color from Matt’s season
Rachael released an Instagram apology for her past behavior on Thursday
After she posted a statement on her Instagram late Thursday, the 24-year-old graphic designer was met with skeptics that Bachelor execs actually wrote the apology.
However, a source close to the brunette beauty exclusively told The Sun that it was indeed Rachael’s words.
“Rachael wrote her statement by herself. She wrote it last week and she finished it on Sunday.
“A lot of people assume ABC did it, but PR had nothing to do with it,” the insider revealed.
ABC ‘did not write’ Rachael’s apology statement
Women of color on the show ‘helped’ Rachael with some wording
Matt James’ contestant ‘support’ Rachael following fan outrage
The informant said Rachael “did talk to women of color on the show about it” ahead of posting publicly for advice on some wording.
According to the source, the ladies of Matt James’ season “support” their friend.
ABC originally rejected her statement but “allowed” her to release it following the mass backlash for host Chris Harrison after “defending racist behavior.”
“The contestants this season came together for a statement of unity against Chris and ABC.
“Once the ladies sent the joint statement in and requested permission for everyone to post it, ABC knew that they had to allow it or they would come off even worse,” a production source claimed.
They then explained: “But they also knew they needed Rachael to say something first since she was also going to post that statement.
“So they did give her last minute permission to post her apology. They were basically backed into a corner and knew they had to let Rachael finally speak out.”
The insider added that “ABC also specifically required a written statement, Rachael was not allowed to record a video or go live.”
Yesterday, Rachael broke her silence after resurfaced pictures exposed “racist” conduct and a series of controversial social media activity.
She wrote: “While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address.
“I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong. At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them.”
She continued in the lengthy Instagram apology: “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything.
“They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”
Chris Harrison caused fan outrage for ‘defending racist behavior’
Fans have called for the longtime host to be fired
Minutes later, nearly EVERY Matt James contestant rallied together to denounce Chris Harrison’s “defense of racist behavior.”
Following his comments, fans demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce the hosts’ stance in a joint statement.
Matt James’ ladies rallied together to release a joint statement denouncing racism
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